The holiday season is here and usually a time of happiness and thanksgiving. However, for many, the holiday season doesn't always live up as the most wonderful time of the year. At times, you may even experience some stressful or lonely moments. Prioritising self-care during this season is essential for maintaining wellbeing. Check out the five tips below on how you can avoid holiday stress and nurture your mental health!
Write a gratitude list or a gratitude journal
As we near the end of the year, it’s a good time to reflect back on what you are grateful for, then thank those who have supported you. Gratitude journaling, a practice that has gained popularity in recent years, is a powerful tool for enhancing your wellbeing and overall happiness.
Take a moment to think about the things you're grateful for. It could be as simple as a sunny day, a kind gesture from a friend, or a delicious meal.
Be mindful of holiday get-togethers
Holiday seasons usually bring on many social gatherings such as parties, get-togethers, and family dinners. While these events usually mean well, it is normal for you to experience uncomfort or tension. Here are some self-care reminders if you ever feel stressed during holiday get-togethers:
- If you decide to attend but start feeling overwhelmed during the event, make a plan to take a break. Find a quiet spot for some alone time, call a friend, or take a leisurely walk to regroup.
- If staying becomes too much, it's perfectly acceptable to leave. Ensure you have your own transportation arranged so you can come and go as needed.
- If you'd rather not attend at all, remember that it's entirely okay. Grant yourself the permission to prioritise your wellbeing and don't carry guilt if you decide to cancel.
Take time off this holiday season
You may experience guilt due to adding to your colleague’s workload, or that you may be used to working hard and forgetting to schedule some needed time off. Many people believe put off on a needed break due to the workload that awaits them upon return.
While it is up to the managers and employers to encourage you to take time off. Remember that you will take care of yourself the best, and managing your time and stress wisely will make all the difference in preventing burnout.
Make a Christmas budget
In this season of giving, consider creating a Christmas budget to navigate the holiday season without unnecessary financial stress. Establishing a budget allows you to allocate funds wisely, ensuring you can indulge in the joy of gift-giving and celebrations without compromising your financial wellbeing.
By setting clear spending limits, you not only prevent post-holiday financial strain but also cultivate a sense of control and intentionality in your seasonal expenses. This proactive approach to budgeting can contribute to a more relaxed and enjoyable holiday experience, allowing you to be present and enjoy the festivities without the worry of overspending.
Don’t overdo the holiday feasts
Amidst the array of holiday feasts and tempting treats, prioritising healthy eating becomes a key component of self-care during the festive season. While it's undoubtedly a time for indulgence, maintaining a balance and incorporating nutritious choices into your holiday meals can have a positive impact on both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Consider incorporating colourful fruits and vegetables, opting for lean proteins, and being mindful of portion sizes. By making mindful food choices, you not only support your overall health but also ensure that the holiday season is a time of nourishment and vitality. Balancing festive indulgence with nutritious choices allows you to fully savour the holiday meals while keeping your wellbeing at the forefront.
In the spirit of fostering a workplace that values wellbeing, the holiday season presents an opportunity for individuals to embrace self-care practices.
Remember, the gift of wellbeing is not just an individual pursuit but a collective effort that transforms the holiday season into a time of joy, connection, and rejuvenation. Incorporating self-care in this final month of the year will not only set yourself up for a healthy holiday season and to thrive post-holiday season.